To proscribe is to make something illegal, or to forbid something to be done, or to banish someone for wrongdoing.verb
- When the legislature passes a law banning the use of marijuana, this is an example of a time when it proscribes the use of marijuana.
- When a religion forbids a specific practice by its believers, this is an example of a proscribe by the religion.
- in ancient Rome, to publish the name of (a person) condemned to death, banishment, etc.
- to deprive of the protection of the law; outlaw
- to banish; exile
- to denounce or forbid the practice, use, etc. of; interdict
Origin: ME proscriben < L proscribere < pro-, pro- + scribere, to write: see scribe
- proscriber noun
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transitive verb pro·scribed, pro·scrib·ing, pro·scribes
- To denounce or condemn.
- To prohibit; forbid. See Synonyms at forbid.
- a. To banish or outlaw (a person).b. To publish the name of (a person) as outlawed.
Origin: Middle English proscriben, from Latin prōscrībere, to put up someone's name as outlawed : prō-, in front; see pro-1 + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
- pro·scribˈer noun